It’s here! It’s finally here! That good old summertime!
I’m a tad excited, can you tell?
Forget that we’re entering the third day of triple-digit temps. Never mind that we had a power outage yesterday afternoon when the thermometer read 101°. It doesn’t matter that mosquitoes are nesting in my sweaty armpits.
Okay, that was a visual you didn’t need, right?
The point is that none of that matters because it’s summertime!
Things I Love About Summer:
- Produce – Raise your hand if you knew the first item would be food. I don’t care. I give summer a lot of credit for my successful weight loss, and it’s because many of my favorite fruits and veggies were just coming into season when I started tippy-toeing along. I love fresh watermelon and canteloupe, cucumbers and tomatoes, peaches and berries. Even at my heaviest, my favorite meal was tuna salad with tomatoes, with a side of ice cold melon. Yum! If I hadn’t eaten tuna for the last four days, I’d have some today!
- Longer Days – Now that I’m all about outdoor exercise, I love the longer days of summer. Early morning walks in the neighborhood, when the people are asleep but the birds are awake are a special time of day. Or walks after dinner–nothing powerful, just a last chance to stretch out the kinks of the day and unwind. Greet the neighbors, grouse about the sprinklers running despite it having rained the day before.
- Less City Traffic – Now that I ride my bicycle, I can really appreciate the change in traffic patterns that the summer school break allows. I’m looking forward to biking to the gym (when this current heat wave relents) and then to points beyond.
- Flowers – I love the floral sights and scents of summer–roses, day lilies, crepe myrtle, hydrangeas, hostas. Here in U.S. Zone 7, gardens are fully in bloom. It sure does make outdoor exercise more enjoyable.
- Being warm – Since I lost weight, I’m much more sensitive to cold. Winter lasts until May for me now. I can still get overly hot in summer, but it takes a whole lot longer.
- Flip-flops! – (and other summerwear) We’ve established that I’m no fashionista, and it’s never more apparent than in summertime when there’s an 80% chance you’ll find me wearing t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops at any given time of the day.
Summer does have a few teensy drawbacks. Nothing is ever perfect, after all. Here are a few things I don’t love about summer:
- Flies, Mosquitoes, Ants, Snakes – I don’t think an explanation is necessary.
- Humidity – If you’ve never experienced the humidity of the southern U.S., you may not understand this one. There are days where you can feel the dampness in the air. Breathing is difficult–heck, thinking is difficult. But the payoff is lots of beautiful flowers and fresh produce.
- The school break – Kids are everywhere! Cluttering up Target, crying in the restaurants, hanging off my cart in the grocery store–I’m joining the movement for year-round school today!
Okay, if we’re keeping score that was SummerLove-6, Summer-notLove-3. SummerLove wins!
Do you love summer as much as I do? Favorites? Any notLoves?
More answers I’m looking for, should you be so inclined:
- Anyone have an environmentally-friendly solution for garden ants? (They can have the rest of the yard.
- I’d also love a good skin-friendly mosquito repellent. Apparently, I am a favorite resource for them this year.
Wishing you all a great first week of summer (or a hearty hang in there! for the southern hemisphere)! I’m off to tackle a page-long to-do list, but I’ll be checking in with you on my breaks.